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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 10

6-year term. Hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district. Current Salary: $154,500Plazo de 6 años. Escucha apelaciones sobre casos civiles y penales de los tribunales inferiores en su distrito. Salario actual: $ 154,500.

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    Molly Francis
    (Rep)

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    Amanda Reichek
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Access to Justice: What recent technological developments provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases?

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Justice, Court of Appeals, is your highest priority and why?

37 years criminal law experience-17 years justice on State’s second highest appellate court, 11 years criminal trial court judge, 6 years private practice/trial and appellate, 2 years appellate prosecutor, 1 year appellate court attorney; leadership positions at every phase of career; strictly follows state/federal constitutions; clear, concise.
A recent addition to the Fifth Court of Appeals homepage at txcourts.gov/5thcoa/ is a tab entitled “Self-Help Resources.” OCA and Texas Access to Justice have created a website providing self-help resources for pro se parties at www.texascourthelp.gov that includes many informational services. The Texas Young Lawyers have also formulated a downloadable, 82-page manual intended to aid those persons wanting to proceed in the appellate process pro se. It may be downloaded without charge.
My responsibility as a court of appeals justice is to apply the Constitution and laws of Texas consistently, fairly and expeditiously. I have served the citizens of Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties for 17 years and I will continue to do so.

I have practiced plaintiff-side civil law for the last 15 years, and I am Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in my area of practice. I have litigated cases in state court, federal court, arbitration, and before administrative bodies. I have a well-rounded depth of experience that will benefit the citizens of North Texas.
Indigent defense has been largely passed over by the tech industry. Less than 5 percent of for-profit legal technology companies have access to justice as their primary focus. So far, the internet has made the most impact, by connecting indigent individuals with lawyers willing to take cases on pro bono, and legal services providers.
The decisions issued by this Court routinely skew in favor of powerful interests to the detriment of ordinary folk. I have spent my career representing individuals in employment disputes and labor unions in labor disputes, and I am attuned to the struggles and challenges of everyday working people. I am committed to bringing my experience to bear on behalf of North Texans, so that they too have a voice before this critical court.